The South Sound Fly Fishers Club depends on the work of its members. Here are the current year’s Board of Directors.
I began fly fishing about 20 years ago in Texas. For the first few years I fished with flies that were given to me. I decided to try tying my own after watching others tie. I learned a lot by trial and many errors, but I was fortunate to be able to learn from some master fly tyers in the north Texas area. I passed the Silver Tyer level of the International Federation of Fly-fishers (IFF) a few years ago and might start working on the gold level one of these days.
When I retired my wife and I moved to Olympia. We are enjoying getting to know the area and discovering new fishing spots. These days I spend as much time in front of my fly tying vise as I do fishing, but I hope to change that in this new year.
Randy has been a member of South Sound Fly Fishers since moving to Olympia in 2002. He enjoys teaching casting to beginners. He loves to see it come together when students competently cast and catch their first fish on a fly. If they built the rod and tied the fly it’s even more rewarding!
I have a passion for fly fishing and fly tying. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and skills with those new to the sport. Some of my favorite places to fish are: South Puget Sound; Hood Canal; Yakima River; Madison River (inside Yellowstone Park); Lake Chopaka; Ascension Bay, Mexico; and Dry Falls Lake.
I’m a member of the South Sound Fly Fishing club in Olympia, WA and I’m currently serving as their Treasurer. I’m also a long time member and past President of the Puget Sound Fly Fishers club in Tacoma, WA (winner of the Fly Fishers Iingernational’s (FFI) 2008 McKenzie Cup). I am a life member of FFI. I’m currently serving on their Board of Directors as their Treasurer. I was honored to receive the FFI’s Fly Fisher of the Year award in August 2017. I’m obsessed with fly tying and have been teaching and demonstrating fly tying for over 20 years. I’m a charter member of the FFI’s Fly Tying Group. I have been actively involved with the Washington State Council of the FFI for over 25 years and have served as their VP of Communications; Senior Advisor; Treasurer; Secretary; Director at Large and as a National Director.
I started fishing again after my retirement in 2016. The first time I went fishing for chum salmon I starting asking some questions to some guys that were catching them on a fly rod. It looked so fun that I picked up an inexpensive fly rod and reel and was hooked.
Wanting to learn more and better technique I some that the SSFF were having an open house at the fire station. My wife and I showed up and I became a member shortly after and have been one for the last 3 years.
I mostly grew up in Spokane where I began fishing with my stepdad. Some 40 years later he is still fishing and serves as an inspiration. College and other pursuits such as triathlons, running, rock climbing and large format photography occupied my time. We lived in California and Oregon and moved back to Washington in 2003 when an interest in fishing started to rekindle. The rule book was a bit daunting and I was working a lot, so it wasn’t until about 2007 when I returned to fishing, this time with an interest in fly fishing. The romanticism of catching a steelhead on the fly got me hooked. I recently started tying. I was calling around to find a fly-casting instructor when I learned of South Sound Fly Fishers. I joined the group mid-way through 2021 and the next thing I know I’m on the board. Like many things, the more I learn the more I find there is to know. As a member of the board, I look forward to meeting everyone, learning together and going on outings.
Kevin describes himself as a “self-inflicted” fly fisher starting in the late 1970s in Colorado. Kevin began his fly fishing journey with little equipment when an aging customer, also a fly fisher, befriended Kevin. Upon the customer’s passing the family contacted Kevin because the deceased had written Kevin into his will.
The surviving family offered Kevin a lot of his buddy’s fly-fishing gear. Kevin offered to take a fly box here, some flies there, but he didn’t want to appear greedy. No. The family tells him that they are all lazy, and no one had any interest in learning the sport; they insisted he take it all. Eight boxes of vises, fly tying gear, books, including a bamboo rod.
Knowing Kevin was really hooked, his thoughtful wife, Cynthia, enrolled him in a fly fishing class where he learned some casting, knots, fly presentation. . . and Kevin immediately caught a bunch of trout!
His current focus is on quality – quality of the experience, camaraderie, and the fun of the day. You can thank Kevin for the litter he removes to make our fishing worlds a little nicer – a great example of a fly fisher who sees a bigger picture than numbers of fish caught.
I have been on the board since 2010 from what I can tell. Most of that time in Conservation, with a couple of breaks as Pres and VP. Former president Gary Kellogg convinced me to perform that duty as well since “We all need to take our turn since we all benefit from the club”. Keep that in mind next time board nominations open up.
I choose to contribute to the Conservation and Political Chair since that is where my experience lies. I have worked as a forestry engineer and have a broad education in naturalist studies having spent several student teacher years at U of Oregon presenting environmental studies in Northwest biomes while getting my degree in Outdoor Recreation. I served ten years as an advisor to WDFW on fishing in Puget Sound and am lucky to aid their biologists in conducting sampling studies in the sound and the upper Nisqually River.
I only started fishing at the age of 30 so don’t have the childhood memories of fishing with family that many of you enjoy, but I have hit it pretty hard. I started fishing rivers and lakes in Oregon, discovered steelhead and promptly got a drift boat. I’ve rowed and fished all but a handful of the Oregon rivers, seeking both whitewater thrills and fly fishing for trout, steelhead, salmon, smallmouth and striped bass, shad, well you get it.
In past years I’ve leveraged my part time work in fly fishing pro shops to chase Arctic Char in Greenland, giant trevally and bone fish on Christmas Island as well as tarpon, redfish and tuna in the Bahamas, Florida, Yucatan and Belize, plus Dorado and sailfish in Baja. Most of my local fishing is for sea run cutthroat in the sound and increasingly for stillwater trout here in Washington, since I’m not up to the wade fishing I used to enjoy in the when younger and more fit. I still hit the Olympic Peninsula for salmon and steelhead, but have to get someone to row for me now.
Our Newsletter Editor for 2022 is Bruce Baker.
Bruce began fly fishing in his home New Jersey. While attending grad school at Humboldt State University he took advantage of some casting classes to improve his techniques. This led to some great Sierra trout streams and all over the Olympic Peninsula.. He mostly enjoys Alpine lake fishing. But don’t let that fool you – his family in Florida will attest to Bruce fishing their southern salt water.
Vic Andrade moved from the Midwest to Washington in 2016 after retiring from a career in IT. He joined the SSFF after taking the Introduction to Fly Fishing Class in 2019. He uses his experience in maintaining his blog about his cross country bicycling adventures to maintain the club’s website and Facebook page.
I grew up in the Seattle area and fished as a youth for many years. As time moved on and I completed my working years, I retired in 2000 and discovered fly fishing. It wasn’t long before I became active with PSFF in 2001, a Life Member of the FFI in 2002 and BOD member of the WSCIFFF in 2003, and a BOD member for SSFF in committing to various officer responsibilities. I am presently the Government Affairs Chairman for the WSCIFFF. 13 years ago I became a Co-Director of The NW Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Academy in Lacey, WA. Along with Jim Brosio, we assumed the responsibility of continuing the Academy, after the founder, Dick Nye retired. The Academy is for boys and girls 12-16 years old, conducted for one week, usually the last week of June. I have been proud to conduct the Youth Programs at the annual FFI National events. I am proud to have received the Lew Jewett Memorial Life Award from the FFI. The future of our FFI organization is in the future of our youth.
We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can always build our youth for the future – FDR